With two four-day breaks in succession, North Melbourne is expected to make more changes to keep its list fresh.
A mounting injury toll makes the task more difficult for the match committee, but it’s a great test for the Roos’ younger players to step up to the level.
“The injury list isn’t fantastic and we had to manage a few guys this game,” Rhyce Shaw said after the loss to Geelong.
“We’ll probably have to make some changes for next game as well, just because of the nature of the fixture.
“There’ll be a few I’d suggest, but we’ll just have to assess how this game goes and who pulls up well, and what it looks like for Melbourne on the weekend.”
With that in mind, North Media takes a look at those who could get a call-up.
Marley Williams has the ability to lock down on a small forward, and his experience could be vital against the Demons.
Kyron Hayden is clearly well regarded by the coaching staff, handed some key roles in recent weeks, including a shut-down role on Eddie Betts.
After a week’s rest, Hayden is a likely inclusion.
Sam Durdin is waiting in the wings, but the good form of North’s defenders is making it tough to break in.
Luke Davies-Uniacke impressed in the win over the Crows and will be fresh after a game off.
Tom Murphy provides valuable depth through the midfield and down back. He’s been on the emergency list regularly in recent weeks.
Paul Ahern will be right in the mix as the Roos look for some extra polish through the midfield.
Big man Tom Campbell continues to push his case, but Todd Goldstein and Majak Daw’s strong combination in the ruck will make his task tough.
Nick Larkey looks a certain inclusion after a rest on Wednesday night.
Tristan Xerri has proven he can provide a strong marking target, if Ben Brown doesn’t get up from his knee injury, while the versaility of Mason Wood in the air and at ground level means he’ll be right in contention.